Last Updated on Mar 15, 2019

Glossary

Antibody: A protein produced by B-cells of the immune system that fights infections.

Carpal tunnel syndrome: A condition characterized by numbness and tingling in the hand and arm, caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist.

Computed tomography (CT): An imaging technique that uses X-rays and a computer to produce distinct images of the internal structures of the body.

Gout: A form of arthritis characterized by severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints due to build-up of uric acid in the body.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): An imaging technique that uses strong magnetic fields, radio waves and a computer to generate highly accurate images of the internal structures of the body.

Rheumatoid arthritis: An autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet.

Splint: A strip of rigid material used for supporting and immobilizing a bony structure such as a limb or finger.

Stenosing tenosynovitis: Another term for trigger finger or trigger thumb, which is a condition in which a finger gets stuck in a bent position and then snaps straight.

Tendon: A tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscles to bones and is capable of bearing tension.

Type-2 diabetes mellitus: A chronic metabolic disease characterized by high levels of blood glucose and insulin resistance.

X-ray: A form of electromagnetic radiation that is used for imaging of radio-opaque structures in the body, such as bones.

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